Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villa

Khao Lak, Thailand

The hotel

You could be forgiven for thinking the Apsara is only for water babies, with its beachfront setting, infinity swimming pool, villa pool, two kids' pools, pool villa upgrades, water slide and of course, the obligatory Jacuzzi. But there’s more to the Apsara than sun, sea and sand. Set in unspoilt tropical greenery, along Pakarang Beach, this All Inclusive haven offers a range of drinks and things to do. There’s the Thai cookery classes, Thai boxing, spa treatments, bike rental and kayaking to name but a few!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Children’s Playground
  • Children's Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access

Where is it

In tropical Phang Nga, set in a secluded location along Khao Lak's Pakarang Beach. Transfer time from Phuket Airport: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Hotel information

The Resort Zone has 195 rooms and Villa Zone has 60 villas. All with private balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, TV, DVD/CD player, tea/coffee-making facilities, complimentary WiFi, safe, mini-bar*, fridge, bathrobes, slippers and hairdryer. Superior Rooms overlook the gardens or swimming pool and have 1 king-size or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Superior, Deluxe and Pool Access Rooms - 1 Nov-30 Apr, All Inclusive includes: Beverages include local beer, local cocktails, local whisky and soft drinks. Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks from 11:00am-11:00pm at Ila Lounge. International buffet lunch including beverages, wines, local beer and soft drinks from 12:00pm-2:30pm at Kinnaree Restaurant. Afternoon tea/coffee, sandwiches, cakes, snacks, cookies and pastries from 4:30pm-5:30pm at Ila Lounge. Daily theme night buffet dinner includes beverages, wines, local beer, herbal juices and soft drinks at 7:00pm-10:00pm at Kinnaree Restaurant.

Superior, Deluxe and Pool Access Rooms - 1 May-31 Oct, All Inclusive includes: International buffet or set/ à la carte (depending on occupancy) for lunch including beverages, wines, local beer, local cocktail, local whisky and soft drinks from 12:00pm-2:30pm at Kinnaree Restaurant. Afternoon tea/coffee, finger sandwiches, cakes, snacks, cookies and pastries at 4:30pm-5:30pm at Ila Lounge. International buffet or set/à la carte (depending on occupancy) for dinner.

Jacuzzi and Pool Villas - 1 Nov-30 Apr, All Inclusive includes: Beverages include local beer, local cocktails, local whisky and soft drinks (unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks) and can order drinks from Kinnaree Restaurant, Ila Lounge and Horizon from 11:00am-11:00pm. International buffet lunch includes wines, local beers and soft drinks from 12:00pm-2:30pm at Kinnaree Restaurant. Set or à la carte menu for lunch including beverages, wine, local beers and soft drinks from 12:00pm-2:30pm at Napalai Restaurant. Afternoon tea/coffee, sandwiches, cake, snacks, cookies, pastries from 4:30pm-5:30pm at Ila Lounge. Daily theme night buffet dinner includes beverages, wines, local beer, herbal juices and soft drinks at 7:00pm-10:00pm at Kinnaree Restaurant.

Jacuzzi and Pool Villas - 1 May-31 Oct, All Inclusive includes: International buffet or set/ à la carte (depending on occupancy) for lunch including beverages, wines, local beer, local cocktail, local whisky and soft drinks from 12:00pm-2:30pm at Kinnaree Restaurant. Afternoon tea/coffee, finger sandwiches, cakes, snacks, cookies and pastries at 4:30pm-5:30pm at Ila Lounge or Horizon Bar. International buffet or set/à la carte (depending on occupancy) for dinner.

Deluxe Rooms have garden views, a spacious balcony, bathroom with combined bath and shower, with 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool Access Rooms offer a spacious private terrace with direct access to the pool, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Jacuzzi Villa feature a separate living and outdoor bath, with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed in the lounge, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool Villas feature a private swimming pool and sundeck, with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed in the lounge, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children.

Kinnaree Restaurant (International buffet cuisine), Napalai Restaurant (Thai fusion), Zeus Beach Restaurant and Bar* (fresh seafood barbecues, pizzas and International dishes), Ila Lounge (All Inclusive), Horizon Bar* and private dining*. Beachfront infinity pool with water slide. Villa pool. 2 kids' pools. Jacuzzi. Apsara Spa*. 2 gyms. Bike rental. Non-motorised water sports including canoeing and kayaking. Beach volleyball. Table tennis. Kid's room and playground. Thai cooking classes*. Thai boxing. Library. Meeting room. Laundry service/dry-cleaning service*. Shop. Tour desk. Babysitting* (on request). Internet corner. Complimentary WiFi available. Room service*.

5 nights between 20 Dec-10 Jan.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Vacation at Apsara

Jan 24, 2020 Familiydohli

Thank you for a wonderfull vacation for our family! This is our third time at Apsara and this is our paradise. Lovly place and people, always very good service and high standard on the hotel/Villas and restaurants. We will be back for sure:):)
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Jan 24, 2020 alan_reid950 Portchester, United Kingdom

Will only rate this as three star as the All Inclusive really lets it down. TUI advertise this as AI but it’s not really. We had a pool access room which was lovely and peaceful. So glad we did as trying to get a subbed by the pool is near on impossible unless you are up by 7am Food is so disappointing! As AI you only get to eat in the main… Read more
Will only rate this as three star as the All Inclusive really lets it down. TUI advertise this as AI but it’s not really. We had a pool access room which was lovely and peaceful. So glad we did as trying to get a subbed by the pool is near on impossible unless you are up by 7am Food is so disappointing! As AI you only get to eat in the main restaurant with two vouchers for the Al La Carte restaurants! Food in the main restaurant is very poor. Staff do not replenish it and it is very cold. Trying to get a coffee at breakfast is a challenge. Most times a cup is not on your table nor cutlery. By the time you get offered coffee your breakfast is almost complete. Lunch and dinner are very poor and we chose to skip lunch most days due to the poor choice on offer. Drinks are ok but again filled with ice which melts very quickly making the drink watery which you then end up throwing away The hotel gardens are lovely as is the beach but overall we would not stay here again purely due to the poor food on offer and the not so All Inclusive claim Read less
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Jan 20, 2020 Graham W Ipswich, United Kingdom

Giving this a Four Star rating for it certainly deserves it in the context of the experience had, Quiet, long beach, safe, un-hassled freedom, easy to get to town and not crowded, so yes a very relaxed time had, however there are some provisos that are worth mentioning (informing of) This seemed to us a site of two halves and two tiers! The main… Read more
Giving this a Four Star rating for it certainly deserves it in the context of the experience had, Quiet, long beach, safe, un-hassled freedom, easy to get to town and not crowded, so yes a very relaxed time had, however there are some provisos that are worth mentioning (informing of) This seemed to us a site of two halves and two tiers! The main building, buffet restaurant and beach bar / diner and other amenities (library, spa, reception, etc) on one side of a small tidal river and then the Villas of various size and amenities, a’ la carte (Thai / Italian) and another bar on the other and it certainly does feel exactly that… Two hotels sharing a common space… Let me elaborate on what I mean, especially if you’ve chosen ‘All inclusive’ which in hindsight I don’t recommend the extra expense of… For us it worked like this… We booked a pool villa, Wonderful space on an all-inclusive First Choice package, nothing out of the norm you might think and no this is not a complaint of, just observations upon / experience had… So, it seemed to us to work like this… If your all-inclusive you have either a Red band if in main building or a Blue band if in villas, seems normal enough until you start understanding the how! The separation / tiers of! So, if your Red, you have the buffet restaurant as your main dining experience, and from our experience you’re given a voucher per week to dine at either the beach or the a’ la carte, If your blue band you can dine at either the buffet and or the a’ la carte (all meals) with again a voucher to dine as the beach should you choose too… however that the bands separation, then there is another level for those on ‘all-inclusive’ in that it’s not quite ‘All-inclusive’ – it’s describe by the tour package providers as Thai-Style All-inclusive but that to us was simply a marketing gimmick – what it is ‘Full Board’ as dining it at certain times along with a set list of locally sourced drinks… anything beyond that is, is to be paid for and it’s not cheap either… 300Bart for a small cocktail which is about £8.50! (the ‘provided’ list of drinks consist of, beer, one choice of basic red or white wine and a variety of cocktails which in the main is ICE ICE ICE with… so they won’t get ‘warm’ that’s for sure lol) Eating onsite is not to dissimilar, there’s a set menu offered to ‘All inclusive’ guests which is offered at both the a’ la carte and the beach… The beach does have varying additional dishes but again only if you pay for them! Another issue on occasion was service, on several occasion at the beach bar, ordering drinks when ‘all inclusive’ left you feeling second rate… in that we’d ask for drinks and it sometime felt like we were not as ‘important’ as ‘paying’ guests! i.e. sometimes we’d order way before others only to be left waiting for drinks whilst paying guest who ordered after when then served before… point to note (direct event) … if you’re paying at beach bar, we saw coke from a bottle served… if your ‘all-inclusive’ we got served flat coke from a jug out of fridge… and on another event, we asked for iced coffee, told no you’ll have to pay, so asked for a latte coffee and a large cup of ice, which was served as! Erm erm erm… so yes very noticeable two tiers of service! Now most of the staff are exceptional in terms of attention and friendliness, wonderful in fact just slightly spoiled by some lack of attention too silly things… for example, you be offered tea or coffee at breakfast (which by the way the food itself , choices and standards are very high indeed, no faults upon) but then no teabags or milk or sugar etc… Diner, sometimes you’d be given a simple but wonderful bread board to start the meal with while ordering / waiting, then other times not, even if you’d asked for it! simple things but when often repeated / overlooked it becomes observational! it’s not ‘nit-picking’ no, just sharing this as a constructive review of observations had, for as said all in all a great resort… Additionally: Bars and other trading areas along the beach are all great, if you go walking, take money for yes it’s a long long beach and you can venture far down and not realising how far its back again lol - so some pennies in ya pocket is certainly a good thing! One spot near the Hotel (Villa side of beach) is memories Bar, fanatic spot on the beach for food and drinks and to watch the amazing sunsets… moreover is far cheaper than hotel and great drinks… far less ICE lol Overall, as many have said, if you want a quietish (villas quieter) Thailand resort style break then can’t deny the Apsara is exactly that… Yes, there is activities, such as Thai cooking, fruit carving etc etc but all at a price and ‘HECK’ some are very very expensive! However, when we ventured out, we realised Thailand has so much to offer and very easily accessible that should we venture back it’ll be much more on a DIY basis! Just one note in closing, and it has nothing to do with the hotel, but as were offering our observations it might aide others… the ‘Tourist’ spots of Thailand are notoriously busy, crowded in fact no matter what time / nor day we venture upon… guess that’s the price of such popularity upon such an amazing country - Thailand simply loved it… Read less
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Jan 20, 2020 Lupe1169 Bad Zurzach

We have been to Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa eight times now and are still more then satisfied with the facilities and the staff. Doesn't matter which time you arrive (and leave) the staff at the front desk (all of them) is very friendly, polite and does fulfil your wishes and demands quickly. We booked a deluxe seaview room which is… Read more
We have been to Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa eight times now and are still more then satisfied with the facilities and the staff. Doesn't matter which time you arrive (and leave) the staff at the front desk (all of them) is very friendly, polite and does fulfil your wishes and demands quickly. We booked a deluxe seaview room which is comfortable, clean and things are kept well by the ladies or gentlemen of the housekeeping - thank you! Breakfast buffet is very nice and does not leave any wishes - you can have various continental or Thai dishes (noodle soup) for breakfast. Coffee and tea is served quickly. Staff here is lovely as well. The beach restaurant "Zeus" provides delicious food for lunch time or for dinner. Staff there is very quick and friendly and has always a smile for you (especially if you try some words in Thai...) All other facilites like the pool area, the sun beds in the hotel area in general are clean and cheerful. Drinks are served to the sunbed if you ask for. The beach in front of the hotel is wide and clean and invites you for a long walk in any direction. The hotel is located outside Khao Lak, but if someone is looking for peace, rest and silence then it would be the right place. It's pure relaxation there. You can travel to Bang Niang or Khao Lak easily by taxi or rent a motor bike. We will definitely come back soon and have an other wonderful vacation there with marvellous sunsets. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Poor, wouldnt stay again!

Jan 19, 2020 Explorer98xx Liverpool, United Kingdom

Overall an Ok stay. We really wanted to like this hotel and was looking forward to our stay. However straight away we were hit with dissapointment when we were told we are only entitled to use the buffett and must use a single one use voucher for one of the 2 restaurants. This was annoying as it is advertised as full use off the buffet and two… Read more
Overall an Ok stay. We really wanted to like this hotel and was looking forward to our stay. However straight away we were hit with dissapointment when we were told we are only entitled to use the buffett and must use a single one use voucher for one of the 2 restaurants. This was annoying as it is advertised as full use off the buffet and two restauraunts. VERY Misleading by TUI & Hotel. I have never been to an all inclusive before when you havent been able to use all the restauraunts. (Mexico all inclusives are too such a high standard EVERYTHING is included. Maybe my standards should be lowered for Thailand.) The food in the buffet was good some nights but very hit and miss and abit repatitive. Also as an all inclusive guest you are treated like second class when it comes to drinks, if you are paying you will recieve cans of branded drinks, proper cocktails, real fruit juice.. however if you are an all inclusive you are not entitled to the canned drinks or proper cocktails. The cocktails are awful nearly undrinkable. The cocktails are literally flavoured water with very slight alcohol contents. The ‘7up’ is in a jug more like water with lemons in. The drinks were the biggest dissapointment also the promise of a swim up bar however they dont say you can only get drinks there if you are staying in a villa (Again treated like second class). TV is very small and only two channels work at once, always freezing and overall again very dissapointing. The wifi seriously needs sorting out sometimes it doesnt work and other times it is so slow it would be quicker to send a message via carrier pigeon back home. Wouldn’t mind slow wifi if there was actually anything to do the hotel has very limitied activities everything that is remotly fun usually comes with a price tag, you have to pay to use the pool table / dart board etc. Entertainment of a night is nil to none, occasionaly a man who pops up and sings a few songs appears every so often. Also the sunbeds at the pool are plastic, very flimsy and not many of them at all. Get there early!!!! The hotel says they enforce that they dont allow sunbed hogging but can guarantee by 10am there is no sunbeds left but also no people on them? Really annoying. To end on a positive note the grounds of the hotel and beach are gorgeous the pool is nice and the staff are lovely. But definitly wouldnt stay again. Read less